Stickers are a thing you don’t see very often anymore. Back in the day there would always be some sort of bumper sticker giveaway, with some sort of promotion on the back and the catch phrase for that year.

It’s fun to look back at these and laugh at the taglines. What does “let yourself go” even mean? “Catch us if you can”? How cute, for a team who had finished above .500 once in their history at that point, to say something like that. Perhaps the team became tired of peeling off the stickers placed on the nether regions of the stadium by unruly fans and decided to quit giving them away? Regardless of the reason, RIP Bumper Stickers, you were taken from us far too soon.

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Here are some Padres Starting Lineup figures, McFarlane figures, random stuffed animals, giveaway items and whatever else I thought fit into this category. I normally buy stuff in bundles and sometimes there are some weird things in there, like ‘ol crazy eyes down below. I may run across some more items soon and I’ll add to this list. Enjoy?

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Here it is! All of the Padres bobbleheads that I own, in one single post! 57  168 (!!!!) different Padres, Chihuahuas, Beavers, Stars, BayBears, Quakes, Storm, Wizards, TinCaps, Emeralds, managers, announcers, mascots, dreamboats, skaters and sleepy voiced ex-owners. I’ve written in depth about many of these already, so if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below and I’ll fill you in on them.

Some Additional Notes:

-The Tony Gwynn set of 5 was not a Padres affiliated giveaway and was reportedly a set that Alicia Gwynn teamed up with another company on. I can’t recall the year, or if they were given away somewhere or sold, but I’m about 99.9% sure that it was in 2001.

-I found out that the set that features Trevor Hoffman, Ryan Klesko, Mark Kotsay and Phil Nevin was indeed given away at a game on August 4th, 2002, but was for kids only. You could also go to Carl’s Jr. every Saturday for 5 consecutive weeks and purchase a combo meal to buy a different bobblehead for $4.99 though, which is what I did. My cholesterol levels have never been the same.

-The Jerry Coleman bobblehead was a San Diego National Bank item from 2001 and was given away to “special friends of the bank” only.

-A HUGE thank you to the Fort Wayne TinCaps for providing the Rymer Liriano, Mat Latos, Matt Wisler, Josh Van Meter & Burt Hooton bobbleheads to the collection!!

-Another HUGE thank you to the El Paso Chihuahuas for providing the Manuel Margot & Austin Hedges bobbleheads!

-For more info on the Chris Denorfia unreleased bobblehead, go here.

-I’ve never seen the 1980’s Twin Enterprises bobblehead before, but I scooped it up. It’s in the 1985-1990 uniform, however I have never seen any of these holding a baseball. Perhaps it was a custom one?

If you have any bobbleheads that aren’t listed here, that you’d like to contribute to my sickness the cause, then shoot me an e-mail.

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Media Guides are something that I’ve never specifically set out to collect. In fact, with the exception of just Padres stuff in general, there hasn’t been any one particular thing that I’ve intended to collect. However, after years of buying bundles of items and what not, I have assembled a pretty solid Media Guide collection.

They are actually pretty fun to skim through. Minor League data was tough to find back in the early days and it’s all in there. Team award winners? All there. Where every team is staying when they travel? Also in there.

The only ones I’m missing, to the best of my knowledge, is the 1969, 1996 Post Season, 1998, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2014. If anyone has any of these that they would like to donate to the cause it would greatly be appreciated.

So take a gander and enjoy!

*Edit – I have acquired the 1969, 1998, 2002, 2009, 2012, 2013 & 2014 media guides.

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The past few days haven’t seemed real. I’ve tried to write something a few times now but can never seem to get through it. The tributes have swarmed in from all across the country, for the legendary Tony Gwynn. You’ve seen the amazing stats. You’ve heard the amazing stories. Here at .400 in ’94 we do Padres merch. In case you don’t get the name, back in 2009 I named the site after Tony’s historic run at .400 in 1994. So all day long I will be posting Tony Gwynn stuff on the @400in94 twitter feed. Follow along if you want. I hope something there will bring a smile to your face.

We will all dearly miss you Tony.


I originally intended to post this last week, but with the chaos of a Spring Training trip quickly approaching, I had a ton of stuff to get done before leaving.

Last year the San Diego chapter of SABR (also known as the Ted Williams Chapter) had their first Garage Sale at the Hall of Champions. I was there that day, bought a few things and posted about it here. So when Met from Padres Trail announced that it would be returning this year AND that it was at the Randy Jones All-American Sports Grill, I knew that I had to go once again. This time I had home field advantage.

I got there a little early and ran into some other collectors and ItsDis. As the doors opened, they all ate my dust though, as I was the first to rush in. There was considerably less items this year, but there was still some awesome stuff to be had.

I got a few things to add to my crazy collection:

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Gather around kids. Let me take you back to a time where DVD’s and Blu Ray discs didn’t exist. A time where you couldn’t just easily skip to a certain section of the movie. Yeah, sounds crazy right? Well that’s what it was like during the VHS era. I have a handful of Padres VHS tapes that I’m going to show you. I really need to convert these so I have them to enjoy forever and ever, but I haven’t quite gotten around to it yet. I’ll just list off the tapes I have here and “review” them all at a later date. VHS!


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I recently picked up a couple Padres pennants to add to my collection. My goal is to have them all hanging up in my garage one day. Much like most of the other stuff in my stash, I didn’t set out to collect this particular item, it just accumulated over time.

Do you have some favorite pennants? Rare ones? Write about it and add a picture in the comments below!

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No this post isn’t about the musical group who brought the slow jams to the masses in the 80’s & 90’s, this is about Tony Gwynn. As you know I come up with stupid blog post titles.

I’ve only posted a few Gwynn items so far. The street banner, poster, Russian Nesting Dolls & Carlos Delgado‘s his McFarlane figures. Since I was a kid Tony has always been my favorite player of all-time, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I have quite the extensive Gwynn collection. So let’s take a look at some of them….CAUTION: Bobbleheads are on the horizon!

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My overwhelming Padres collection has grown rapidly since I’ve gained some room moving into my new house. But one thing will never change, the brown items will always take priority over all others. So let’s look at some of my favorites.



This clip on tie is from the late 80′s (85-90) based on the colors and style. It’s 100% Polyester and was made by Corporate Textiles Inc. When I looked up this company it says that they make custom ties, so it’s possible this is a custom creation and I have the only one. It’s also possible they had a contract with MLB and sold millions of these bad boys. Or based on some recent discoveries (bow ties? different color clip ons?), it’s possible these were worn by ushers during that era. Everyone has probably seen me wear this a time or two. It’s one of my personal favorites among my collection.

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